The Truth is Out There: The Impact of Science Disinformation

July 21, 2023
8:30 am – 12:30 pm

University of Illinois at Chicago - Student Center East Room 605
750 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA

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Are you experiencing information overload? Increase awareness and confidence in knowing types of communication and becoming allies in propagating ACCURATE information.

Empower yourself, bring friends and neighbors, and register NOW to attend this FREE workshop appropriate for ages 12+. *Please bring a SMART device

Schedule of Events:

Check-in, Coffee, & Chit Chat – All (8:15 – 9:00 am) 

Welcome – Thomas Alaan, University of Illinois Chicago (9:00 – 9:05 am) 

Introduction – Overcoming Persistent Misinformation  – Ashley Anderson, Colorado State University (9:05-9:15 am)

Misinformation is sticky, even in the face of correction. A brief review of cognitive theories sheds light on the reasons why inaccurate information persists. A discussion of current practices in public health and emergency management provides insight into why relational approaches built on dialogue and trust are effective in addressing misinformation.

Keynote – Old Tricks, New Tools: Three Keys to Freedom from Division & Deception Sabrina Joy Stevens (9:15-9:35 am)

Information disorder – the toxic mix of misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation bad actors use to pollute our collective thinking around important social, economic, and political matters — has become a hot topic in recent years, and for a good reason. Virtually all of us have fallen prey to its deceptive, divisive effects in some aspect of our lives and have felt its consequences in our relationships and other issues that affect our shared quality of life. So how can we protect ourselves, our communities, and our causes from the insidious effects of hate and deception? 

In this funny, practical talk, longtime civil rights activist and communications strategist Sabrina Joy Stevens exposes the age-old political manipulation tactics at the root of what social scientists now call information disorder. Relying on both personal experience and robust research, she breaks down how bad actors mislead the rest of us into hate and self-sabotage for their own political and economic gain. She also reveals how love, humility, and courage can help us outsmart this kind of manipulation. 

While the scale of this problem has certainly increased with the advent of new technologies, information disorder is actually a very old, very familiar problem. With the right mindsets and habits, we can come together to make mass deception a thing of the past instead of letting it define our future. 

Panel Introduction – Jocelyn Leitzinger, University of Illinois Chicago 9:35-9:45 am     

Panel: The Disinformation of the Future  (9:45-10:30 am) 

  • Sabrina Joy Stevens
  • Ashley Anderson
  • Jocelyn Leitzinger
  • Jennifer Choi – Moderator

Break (10:30 -10:45 am)

Workshop – Pipelines of Information – Jocelyn Leitzinger (10:45 -11:40 am)   

Conclusion/Call to Action + Networking with appetizers and light refreshments (11:45 am -12:15 pm)             

Exit (12:30 pm)                


Event Details

Friday, July 21st, 2023, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm CT, in person ONLY at The University of Illinois at Chicago campus!

In-person address: University of Illinois Chicago-Student Center East Room 605 at 750 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60607

C2ST will work with our partners to ensure that COVID protocols put in place by the CDC, and the city at large, are followed and well-communicated. COVID protocols and any other emergent information will be emailed to all registrants the week of the program.

On your own Parking Options: Metered street parking or the Halsted Taylor Parking Structure at 760 W. Taylor Street.

Public Transportation: CTA via Blue Line and CTA Buses #7, #8, and #60.

  • Address: 430 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607
  • Type of station: Expressway Line
    Bike parking: Indoor and sheltered bike parking is available.
  • Entry is available from Halsted, Morgan, and Peoria.

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